On Facebook yesterday, I admitted that on a recent run, I peeled off my shirt to sport just a bra on top. I also ‘fessed up that the only reason I was so brazen (in my mind) was because I was running solo on a remote trail in an old-growth forest where my chances of encountered another human were, oh, slim to none. My flabby midsection and riddled-with-odd-dots-and-blemishes upper body is not something I care to showcase in my urban neighborhood on my daily runs.
But I asked other mother runners if they run in just a sports bra, and I was pleasantly surprised by how many gals dare to bare. Here are a variety of responses:
Dani: “Yes! Running gives me confidence and running in 80 degree weather at 5 a.m. means everyone who sees me knows exactly why I am doing it, too.”
Iliana: “Same thing [as Sarah] happened to me a year ago on a summer morning running through London’s Hyde Park during a work trip. I could not take the heat any more and I figured nobody knew me there so I went for it. It was very liberating as I have serious issues about my stomach after two babies.”
Heather: “Did it for the first time a week or so ago…through town….and it was so liberating!”
Shannon: “When it is warm enough, I do it and I don’t care who sees me. I’m out there running! Even though I’m not perfect (A cup and nothing close to a six-pack), I’m in better shape than most people driving by and at least I’m working toward a better me.”
Jennifer: “All. The. Time!! And I make no apologies for it!!”
Michelle: “When it’s 80 at 6 a.m. and I’m on a marathon training run, heck ya, I’m in a bra and shorts. It bothered me at first. But I figure if you are offended by seeing me, it’s your insecurity, not mine.”
Sheryn: “…I run shirtless more often than not. I am surprised at the number of people who wouldn’t dream of it. So I wonder: Do you judge (or even notice) when others are running shirtless? If the answer is no, then peel off that sweaty shirt and be free!”
Emily: “I even ran bra-only when I was pregnant—started doing it after a run when my shirt got so sweaty that it felt like it weighed a solid 20 pounds. I had tons of body image issues in my 20s that kept me from going shirtless (including a boyfriend who always referred to it as my problem area), but having a child and also taking on some race goals made me much more confident. Now I know my core carries me through hard runs, so I kind of don’t mind who sees it.”
Pam: “I run in just a sports bra all the time in the summer. So much cooler than wearing a shirt and less laundry.”
Jessica: “Isn’t this why there are sports bras in such fun colors?”
Whether you dare to bare, or care to keep covered, we have the perfect sports bra for five ladies: Today’s Hump Day Giveaway is a bra from Saucony’s new line of sports bras. (Which, Jessica, come in all sorts of fun, show-them-off colors, like Karma and ViZiPRO Pink!) There are five styles, and each winner can take her pick. Turns out my fave is also Saucony’s bestseller—the Curve Crusader. Like several of the company’s styles, such as the Athlete Avenger and Dainty Dazzler, the Curve Crusader has a light-yet-effective lining of spacer fabric, which means the first things someone sees when I’m heading toward them are not my high beams. (Because, I swear, no matter how sweltering it gets, my girls always act like it’s nippy out!) All five styles halt bounce, especially the Diva Believa with its supple underwire support. And all five are superheroes at moving moisture away from a hard-working body.
For a chance to win one of the five Saucony sports bras, tell us where you land on the sports-bra-solo question. I don’t know about you, but after reading the responses above, I’m re-thinking my attire for tomorrow morning’s run. What’s it going to be, chica: Are you going to run with your sports bra on display or not this summer? (To be entered to win this giveaway, you need to go to this post on our site and hit the Comments ribbon. Answers submitted by clicking reply to our daily email will be discarded.)
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. It begins on 6/19/13 and ends on 6/25/23; the winner will be announced on 6/29/13. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $36-$48. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.